Birthday Book Haul

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“A Court of Frost and Starlight” by Sarah J. Maas: Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changing world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-fetched impact on the future of their court.

“#NeverAgain” by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg: Before February 14, we thought we had plenty of time. We wanted to do something that would make the world a better place, to fight for justice as lawyers or activists or crusading journalists, to be responsible citizens and raise good-hearted children. But first we had to finish high school. After February 14, we knew how fast time could stop.

“The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After” by Soman Chainani: Everything old is new again, as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale. Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was scaled when they went their separate ways, but their storybook is about to be rewritten – and this time theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they’ve been searching for?

“The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory” by Soman Chainani: The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Little do they know that their world is about to grow bigger – and so are their stories. In order to graduate, everyone must complete a “Quest for Glory.” Not only are these quests dangerous and unpredictable, but the stakes are high: success beings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone…When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them. If Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together, neither side will survive.

“Heretics Anonymous” by Katie Henry: Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s – a strict Catholic school – sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family movie again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic…she wants to be a priest. But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time. When Michael takes one mission too far – putting the other Heretics at risk – he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

“#murdertrending” by Gretchen McNeil: Welcome to the near future, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

“Sea Witch” by Sarah Henning: Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

“Maybe Not” by Colleen Hoover: When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change. Or maybe not. Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory. Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love? Maybe. Maybe not.

“Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to escape on the evacuating fleet. But their problems are just beginning. The fleet’s AI has gone crazy, a deadly plague has broken out on one of the ships, and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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Book Review: “Ravish” by Cathy Yardley

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I finally finished all of the books by this author.

Overview from GoodReads:

Jacob White is one of the best neurologists in the world, and he intends to awaken Aurora from her virginal slumber. But when she begins to invade his dreams every night, beckoning him into a sensuous place of lust and danger, Jacob realizes there’s more to this woman than meets the eye. It will take more than a kiss to wake her up . . Trapped in a world of erotic dreams, Aurora and Jacob must surrender to their deepest darkest desires . . but how far are they willing to go?

This was definitely an enticing book. It was definitely different.

Book Review: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan

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I listened to this book on audiobook.

Overview from GoodReads:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one, but it was still really good! I wonder what Luke is going to do next…

Currently Reading | August 12, 2018

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AUGUST 5TH-11TH

Last week, I got almost all of my school stuff done – I still need to finish getting my books. I read “The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu “A Phone Conversation” and “Fairy Eyeglasses” by Emily Martha Sorensen, “The Vilka’s Secret” by Pearl Foxx, and “Giving Up The V” by Serena Robar. I finished watching Season 12 of Criminal Minds. I also watched “Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity” and “Wild Child”.

TODAY

This morning, I went to work. After work, I ate diner and went to my boyfriend’s house. Currently, I am listening to the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters” audiobook while updating this blog. After this, I might study some Latin for a bit and watch some BookTube. I might read for a bit. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do yet.

CURRENTLY READING

  • Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko – page 31 out of 193
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – page 222 out of 279
  • The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles – page 30 out of 442

AUGUST 12TH-18TH

My birthday is tomorrow!!!! Happy early 22nd birthday to me!!!!! Anyhoo, this week, I plan on finishing getting my school books and getting my school stuff together. I plan on reading “The Kissing Booth”, “Through the Eyes of a Lion”, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters”, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling, “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater, and “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa. I don’t plan on watching much Netflix this week.

Book Review: “Giving Up The V” by Serena Robar

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After having this book for almost four years, I finally read it.

Overview from GoodReads:

Spencer “Responsible” Davis is nowhere ready to “give up the V,” as opposed to her hormonally crazed crew of friends, obsessed with the who-what-when-where-how of it all. “It” being . . . well, you get it. Even Spencer’s male friends, who claim to have expertise in the matter, offer their services to help relieve her of that pesky letter, much to her embarrassment. But when new-kid Benjamin enters the picture, Spencer begins to rethink her “responsible” moniker, and for the first time she wonders if she’s found just the right guy worth trading in her V-card.

I really wanted a nice, fun contemporary to read, so I ask my boyfriend to pick a book out for me out of a list I gave him and this was the one he had chosen.
I started reading this book around 11pm and it is now 1am. As you can tell, I throughly enjoyed this book. I was going to give this book a lower rating because of it being totally insta-lovey, but the insta-love made me feel all fuzzy inside, so I let it slide.
It was definitely a quick and fun read. I totally recommend this book.

Book Review: “The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu

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I finally read this book…two years AFTER I read the first two.

Overview from GoodReads:

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

This last novel didn’t hold my attention like the other two did. I found Adelina to be very annoying and selfish, even towards her own sister. There is a quote from the story that I absolutely loved:
“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.”

#SeriesToFinish2018 Challenge | August 2018

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It has only been a couple weeks since I last updated this challenge. The only thing that I have done for this challenge is finish the entire “Legend” trilogy by Marie Lu. I am about half-way through “The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu, which crosses off “The Young Elites” trilogy. I am off of work tomorrow, so I should be able to finish it tonight and move onto (maybe) Harry Potter or (maybe) Percy Jackson or (maybe) start the Raven Cycle series. We will have to see.

Until my next post,

Stephanie